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Cumbria Choice

Eden District Council

Eden Housing Association’s aim is to create sustainable communities by using local lettings policies which gives priority to local people.  We will ensure there is a good mix of residents in terms of age, sex, household groups and economic status.  Properties will be advertised on the Cumbria Choice website and adverts will state that a Local Lettings Policy applies.

Glenridding
The Choice Based Lettings allocations policy will be applied to all applications that are received, however, priority will be given if: 

  • The applicant currently lives in the parishes of Patterdale, Matterdale and Martindale (the ‘locality’) and has done for a minimum of 3 years
  • The applicant works or is securing permanent work in the locality
  • The applicant has an immediate family member who has lived in Glenridding for a minimum of three years (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter)
  • They are currently in the Armed Forces, in prison, in hospital or similar accommodation whose location is beyond their control, and immediately before moving to this type of accommodation they lived in the locality for at least three continuous years; or
  • Former residents (who previously lived in the locality for a period of at least three consecutive years) who wish to return to the locality having completed a post-secondary (tertiary) education course within the past three years; or
  • They need to live in the locality either because they are ill and/or need support from a relative who lives in the locality, or because they need to give support to a relative who is ill and/or needs support who lives in the locality. Proof of illness and/or need of support will be required from a medical doctor or relevant statutory support agency; or
  • They previously lived in the locality for most of their lives and left the locality less than ten years ago (“Most of the applicant’s life” will be interpreted as over half of the applicant’s life up to the point that they left the locality, or a continuous period of twenty years up to the point they left the locality); or
  • They lived continuously in the locality for two years or more prior to being accepted as homeless under the Homelessness Act 2003 and placed in any form of temporary accommodation outside of the locality for up to a maximum of two years  

Preference will be given to persons with a local connection above all other applicants, in conjunction with section 5.11 of the Cumbria Choice Allocation Policy.

Sandersons Croft, Kirkby Thore
The Cumbria Choice Allocations Policy will still be applied to all applicants who place a bid on a property, however, priority will be given if: 

  • The applicant currently lives in Kirkby Thore (“The Area”)
  • The applicant has previously lived in Kirkby Thore for a period of at least 6 months
  • The applicant works or is securing permanent work in Kirkby Thore
  • The applicant has immediate family member living in Kirkby Thore (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter) 

If there are no applicants that place a bid on an advertised property that satisfy the above criteria, the area may be widened to the Heart of Eden parishes which are Appleby, Asby, Bandleyside, Bolton, Dufton, Long Marton, Milburn, Murton and Temple Sowerby. If there are no applicants that satisfy the above criteria, the area may then be widened to Eden, then Cumbria, then wider if necessary.  

In order to encourage local people to live on the estate, vacancies may be advertised locally to generate an interest in the properties.  Properties may also be advertised for more than one bidding cycle on the Choice Based Lettings website.

In an attempt to offer local people housing in Kirkby Thore, a 3 Bed House may be under-occupied.  If a property is to be under-occupied advice will be given to applicants on how their Housing Benefit may be affected by the ‘bedroom tax’.  

Threlkeld
The Choice Based Lettings allocations policy will be applied to all applications that are received, however, priority will be given if: 

  • The applicant currently lives in the Parish of Threlkeld, and has done for a minimum of 3 years.
  • The applicant works or is securing permanent work in the locality
  • The applicant has an immediate family member who has lived in Threlkeld for a minimum of three years (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter)
  • They are currently, in prison, in hospital or similar accommodation whose location is beyond their control, and immediately before moving to this type of accommodation they lived in the locality for at least three continuous years; or
  • Former residents (who previously lived in the locality for a period of at least three consecutive years) who wish to return to the locality having completed a post-secondary (tertiary) education course within the past three years; or
  • They need to live in the locality either because they are ill and/or need support from a relative who lives in the locality, or because they need to give support to a relative who is ill and/or needs support who lives in the locality. Proof of illness and/or need of support will be required from a medical doctor or relevant statutory support agency; or
  • They previously lived in the locality for most of their lives and left the locality less than ten years ago (“Most of the applicant’s life” will be interpreted as over half of the applicant’s life up to the point that they left the locality, or a continuous period of twenty years up to the point they left the locality); or
  • They lived continuously in the locality for two years or more prior to being accepted as homeless under the Homelessness Act 2003 and placed in any form of temporary accommodation outside of the locality for up to a maximum of two years  

Preference will be given to persons with a local connection above all other applicants unless the following applies.

Greystoke                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Choice Based Lettings allocation policy will be applied to all applications that are received, however, priority will be given if:

  • The applicant currently lives in the Parish of Greystoke, and has done for a minimum of 3 years.
  • The applicant works or is securing permanent work in the locality.
  • The applicant has an immediate family member who has lived in Greystoke for a minimum of 3 years (Mother, Father, Brother, Sister, Son or Daughter).
  • They are currently in prison, in hospital or similar accomodation whose location is beyond their control, and immediately before moving to this type of accommodation they lived in the locality for at least 3 continuous years; or
  • Former residents (who previously lived in the locality for a period of at least 3 consecutive years) who wish to return to the locality having completed a post-secondary (tertiary) education course within the past 3 years; or
  • They need to live in the locality either because they are ill and/or need support from a relative who lives in the locality, or because they need to give support to a relative who is ill and/or needs support who lives in the locality. Proof of illness and/or need of support will be required from a medical doctor or relevant statutory support agency; or
  • They previously lived in the locality for most of their lives and left the locality less than 10 years ago ("Most of applicant's life" will be interpreted as over half of the applicant's life up to the point that they left the locality, or a continuous period of 20 years up to a point they left the locality); or
  • They have lived continuously in the locality for 2 years or more prior to being accepted as homeless under the Homelessness Act 2003 and placed in any form of temporary accomodation outside of the locality for up to a maximum of two years.

Preference will be given to persons with a local connection above all other applicants unless the following applies.

Armed Forces
The Localism Act 2011 amended the Housing Act 1996 in relation to the allocation of housing (Qualification Criteria for Armed Forces) (England) Regulations 2012.
The regulations require that housing authorities do not use local connection (within the meaning of section 199 of the Housing Act 1996) as a criterion in deciding whether the following are not qualifying persons.  
In addition to the above the following persons will also receive priority; 

  • Persons who are serving in the regular forces or have done so in the five years preceding their application for an allocation of housing accommodation.
  • Bereaved spouses or civil partners of those serving in the regular forces where their spouse or partner’s death is attributable (wholly or partly) to their service and the bereaved spouse or civil partner’s entitlement to reside in Ministry of Defence accommodation then ceases;
  • Seriously injured, ill or disabled reservists (or former reservists) whose injury, illness or disability is attributable wholly or partly to their service.

Alton Moor (Incorporating Alston, Nenthead, Garrigill)

The below sets out a Local Lettings Policy for use in Alston, Nenthead and Garrigill as referred to in paragraph 5.12 of the Cumbria Choice Allocation Policy

The aim of the policy is to allow the communities living in the parishes of Alston, Nenthead and Garrigill to retain their links with the area, to help maintain sustainable communities. We aim to assist with achieving sustainability in rural communities and support people with local connections. In particular, it sets out to help rural communities retain families who are often priced out of local housing markets. 

Properties covered by the policy

The local letting policy described is for properties in Alston, Nenthead and Garrigill which do not have a section 106 or covenant; namely The Firs, Church Road, Hill House Lane, Park View Lane, Grisedale Croft, Globe House, Vicarage Terrace, Bevan Terrace, Valley View, Gate Croft.

Priority under local letting policy

The Choice Based Lettings allocations policy will be applied to all applications that are received, however, priority will be given if:

 

  • The applicant currently lives in the parishes of Alston, Nenthead and Garrigill (the ‘locality’) and has done for a minimum of 3 years.
  • The applicant works or is securing permanent work in the locality.
  • The applicant has an immediate family member who has lived in Alston Moor for a minimum of three years (mother, father, brother, sister, son or daughter).
  • They are currently in the Armed Forces, in prison, in hospital or similar accommodation whose location is beyond their control, and immediately before moving to this type of accommodation they lived in the locality for at least three continuous years; or
  • Former residents (who previously lived in the locality for a period of at least three consecutive years) who wish to return to the locality having completed a post-secondary (tertiary) education course within the past three years; or
  • They need to live in the locality either because they are ill and/or need support from a relative who lives in the locality, or because they need to give support to a relative who is ill and/or needs support who lives in the locality. Proof of illness and/or need of support will be required from a medical doctor or relevant statutory support agency; or
  • They previously lived in the locality for most of their lives and left the locality less than ten years ago (“Most of the applicant’s life” will be interpreted as over half of the applicant’s life up to the point that they left the locality, or a continuous period of twenty years up to the point they left the locality); or
  • They lived continuously in the locality for two years or more prior to being accepted as homeless under the Homelessness Act 2003 and placed in any form of temporary accommodation outside of the locality for up to a maximum of two years  

Preference will be given to persons with a local connection above all other applicants, in conjunction with section 5.10  of the Cumbria Choice Allocation Policy.

The property will be advertised for persons matching the above criteria for 3 bid cycles (3 weeks). 

Following this (during the fourth bid cycle) the property will be allocated as normal, following the Cumbria Choice Allocation Policy.

Advertising

In addition to advertising the property following the Cumbria Choice Allocations Policy guidelines in section 5.1:

  • The Clerk of Alston Town Council will be notified of property details by email upon receipt of notice.
  • The Town Council is encouraged to advertise locally where possible and appropriate.

Review

A group comprising representatives from Eden District Council, Eden Housing Association and Two Castles Housing Association will review the policy to ensure that it is meeting the aims described in section 1. 

The policy will be reviewed every two years; the group will consider evidence including:

 a) Evidence of housing need registered with Cumbria Choice and housing needs surveys.

b) Evidence from lettings of properties in the area covered by the local lettings policy, including demand and the priority band of the bidders.

c) Evidence of demand from across the Eden Area.

d) Consultation with stakeholders such as Cumbria Rural Housing Trust, and parish councils / affordable housing groups in the areas covered by the Local Lettings Policy.

 


If you would like more information on the Local Lettings Policies please contact Eden Housing Association on 01768 81400 or email enquiry@edenha.org.uk
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